King Edward’s School, Birmingham

Client: King Edward’s School

Architect: BDP (Extension) & RSP

Contractor: Shaylor Construction

Value: £8 million

King Edward’s School, an independent day school for boys in Edgbaston, Birmingham, dates back to 1552 and is one of the UK’s most successful schools.

Thomasons has been responsible for the structural elements of a number of improvements at the school in recent years.

We undertook the detailed design of the school’s hockey facilities which included a new pavilion, all-weather pitch and associated car parking. Careful attention was needed for the lower part of the site, which was located within the flood plain, and the all-weather hockey pitch required surface water drainage measures as it was less permeable than the existing grass. The hockey pavilion was developed using our 3D software, Revit.

Thomasons also acted as structural engineer for the school’s science block, as part of a £25 million building improvement programme. The existing single-storey physics laboratory block was demolished and replaced with an L-shaped teaching space which was arranged around a courtyard and built over two storeys to maximise the building’s footprint.

The project included a new Sixth Form centre, built above an existing building. Connections between the science department and the main school building were improved to enhance circulation and connectivity to the rest of the school.

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